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COVID-19 case studies

Councils are doing remarkable work to address the challenges brought by coronavirus. Good council practice related to the COVID-19 outbreak can be found on our dedicated web hub.

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Wiltshire: Supporting the employability and skills of young people

In Wiltshire the council has provided targeted support to those most at risk, setting up a dedicated team to work with young people not in education, employment or training.

Dorset Council partnership fibre engineer training pilot feasibility study

The need for faster broadband has been exacerbated due to the increasing demand on our communications networks and the roll out of full fibre is key to supporting increased home working, delivering sustainable growth and increasing productivity in Dorset.

Leeds: The importance of the messenger, not just the message

One of the key challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic response has been ensuring that all communities have equitable access to guidance as well as addressing the issue of misinformation and myths.

Leeds: PCN Clinical Director’s role in promoting the COVID-19 vaccine

A GP and clinical director of a primary care network in Leeds has been integral in the promotion of COVID-19 vaccinations to local community members since the beginning of the vaccine rollout.

Kent County Council: Making Margate a cooler, greener place

Kent County Council is working on a project in Margate to reduce the risk of flooding and the impact of increasing summer temperatures. Over 30 new trees have been planted across two urban residential streets, 11 of which are planted within specialist sustainable drainage (SuDS) tree pit systems. The project contributes towards reducing heat stress and surface water flood risk while also providing attractive spaces for residents, visitors and wildlife.

Delivering Worthing Public Realm Improvements through the Adur and Worthing Growth Programme

The Worthing Public Realm Improvements programme forms part of the Adur and Worthing Growth Programme. It aims to enhance the public realm by improving accessibility in public spaces in Worthing and developing transport infrastructure to improve connectivity between the town and its regeneration sites to deliver economic growth and support businesses in the area.

Delivering the Burgess Hill Place and Connectivity Programme through the Mid Sussex Growth Programme

The Burgess Hill Place and Connectivity Programme is a new ambitious project developed through a partnership between Mid Sussex District Council and West Sussex County Council to transform Burgess Hill into a 21st century sustainable town with improved transport and highways infrastructure. It also aims to create opportunities for economic growth through new jobs and the delivery of residential and commercial development.

Somerset West and Taunton Council Community Employment Hubs

Community Employment Hubs have been set up in various locations across Somerset West and Taunton (SWT). The hubs offer flexible support to people who want to overcome personal barriers to their skills development and employment prospects. The holistic approach and ethos of the hubs contribute towards the confidence, self-esteem, social interaction, health and wellbeing of attendees. The hub model has proved to be a success and the aims are to develop and expand the provision to ten hubs across the district delivering employment, apprenticeships, skills development as well as training support and information by mid-2022.

Islington Council: Holloway Prison Social Housing Project - Women’s Building

The aim of the Women’s building is to try and replace some of the lost services to women and the community that the Holloway Prison previously supplied.

North Hertfordshire District Council: Councillor Parental Leave Policy

The objective of the Councillor Parental Leave Policy is to ensure that insofar as possible councillors in North Hertfordshire District Council are able to take appropriate leave at the time of birth or adoption (including surrogacy).